Review: Everybody loves a good VA, it's just wicked getting a whole big album full of tracks from different artists - the definition of a kid in a candy shop. This one from Uncommon has a cool combination of bigger and smaller acts, from the mighty Kasra to lesser known quantities like Resist. Kasra's 'Needles' is a standout, a fiercely minimal slapper that gargles and gurgles its way straight into your brain, and for anyone that is into the Critical sound: this is the tune for you. Kanine, another rising star, hits hard on 'Searching', a tune that reminds us of the recent Klippee tracks over on Lifestyle Music. All in all, this is a very solid little VA - yes yes!
Review: Hospital's very own Austrian super duo hit back hard with their fourth full length LP releasing two years of hard work and studio time out into the open. No doubt made with packed dancefloors across the globe in mind, we of course all know and love the addictive keys and white static of "All Night" like it was our very own, but there's much more to see here. Featuring a whole host of fresh influences from French house, funk and indie-electronica, there's more to see here than your average smash-hit D&B album. Even if you think this isn't for you, trust us, "All Night" is. It so is.
Review: There appears to be no stopping the rampage of Nova at the moment as he brings forward yet another quality project, this time courtesy of Monsters Music. We kick off proceedings with the delicious sub Movement's and airy textures of 'Slumtown', before dashing into the skippy drum creations and dubwise bass leads of 'Ninjutsu'. Next up we have the title track 'Interterrestrial', a wavy half time roller, designed in classic Monsters shape and sound. Following this we land onto the bitcrushed oscillations of 'Rapid Eye Movement', before rounding off the project with some expertly crafted flavour on the angry sub reeses of 'Washed Brain'.
Review: Make way for the latest hype ting from Serial Killaz in the shape of "What A Ting" - and what a ting it is. Characterized by a roots reggae/dub vibe mixed with futuristic jungle breaks and fat bass sounds, it's found its way into the record boxes of the likes of Public Enemy's DJ Lord, Rusko and many others as well featuring on Diplo's Mad Decent blog and receiving massive worldwide radio support. Here he teams up with UK MC Parly B for his firin' debut, and what a massive boost it is for the roots-loving contingent. Packed with riddim and blazing lyricism, it's the stuff that dancefloors were made for.
Review: Messrs Pritchard and Spacek have only just dropped a killer new album on us in the shape of 93 Million Miles and now they add more fuel to the fire of critical acclaim with this EP. Not only do they serve up a VIP version of one of the album's strongest moments in "Out In The Streets" but two further new arrangements as well. We have to start with the VIP though which marries the bouncing digital dancehall meets juke of the original with an all encompassing assault of explosive jungle rhythms. We checked the small print and it comes with a guarantee to cause screw face at festivals and warehouses across the globe this summer. Check the flip for the righteous future boogie of "Caveman Style", which is nestled alongside the skittering rhythms and creeping Nintendo head nod vibes of "Seek Em Step". This release also comes with digital bonus track "Looking For The One".
Review: Prepping us for his debut album of the same name, "To Have & Have Not" showcases D&B mainstay Jubei with real promise and menace. "The Moment" sees Jubei at his grimiest. Operating on a mean halfstep swagger, he's provided the perfect bed for Roll Deep founder Flowdan to tell a dark tale of gangland ego-trips. "Tip The Scales" features the equally distinctive vocalist MC DRS; whispering his warnings over a sharp steppy beat, he's the ideal MC for Jubei's stark riddim precision. Two sides, two vibes - if this is anything to go by, the album is going to be incredible.
Review: It's hard to think of a time when Jubei wasn't ubiquitous. Truth be told, it wasn't until 2010 that his blend of crisp, popping percussion and bubbling bass got widely accepted by the general D&B consciousness, but now here we are. Releasing on home label Metalheadz, this double-sider takes no chances from the outset, pushing straight in with old-school cinematic waves of colour between big, bold clouts of finely-tuned percussion. Working with J Kenzo on the flip, expect deeper dubstep sounds with a techy twist. Nicely does it.
Review: As one of drum and bass' perennial figures, Jubei has spent the past few years putting out solid releases via respectable outlets like Critical's Modulations and Ingredients, but it's on Metalheadz where he's rooted most of his well-known back catalogue. Using this release to unleash his experimental side, Jubei picks his way through D&B and dubstep tempos as he collaborates with the likes of Consequence, Marcus Intalex, and even the big-in-the-game names of Goldie and dBridge. Also featured are DRS, SP:MC and Flowdan, lending their famous vocal talents to the LP which also hosts bonus track "State Of The Art (dub version)", a cold-hearted stepper from the depths of Jubei's twisted imagination. You'd be out of your mind to miss this.
Review: Hospital's poster boy comes storming back after the success of January's digital-only release "Give & Take" with the second single taken from his highly anticipated sophomore album "2" which is out at the end of June. "Come Alive" marks a departure from the norm, with Netsky making a foray into drumstep territory with plenty of live indie band influences, soaring vocals and pounding drums. Accompanying the original are three excellent remixes; Culture Shock provides a souped up D&B version, whilst Rockwell offers up a typically intricate, regurgitated interpretation and Submerse a sumptuous 4/4 remix which will appeal to those across the board.
Review: New State reach their 65th release with this massive double header from up and coming Manchester crew North Base. Having remixed the likes of Ms Dynamite, Kele Le Roc and Virus Syndicate, they are fast becoming a name to watch. "Fright Night" pitches somewhere between dubstep, jungle and drum and bass with bouncing breaks, rave stabs and an old skool sensibility, while "Hallow 808" rides in on a darker tip with 808 subs and rolling amens. Highly recommended.
Review: Drumsound and Bassline Smith's mainstream D&B assault is well worth watching. Applying catchy pop sensibilities to their tonked-out bottom-heavy technique, they're nipping at Fresh and Sub Focus's heels with real determination. Remix-wise we see Northern Lights throwing down a big dubstep vibe that sizzles and snarls with metallic menace while Tantrum Desire switches up for a speedy spliced and diced technicolour D&B version. Big.